Bernese Mountain Dog mixes
Bernese Mountain Dog mixes: Golden Retriever Mix
Poodle and Bernese Mountain Dog mix
Bernese Mountain Dog mixes: German Shepherd Mix
Berner Border Collie Mix
Saint Bernard Bernese Mountain Dog mix
Bernese Mountain Dog is becoming a very popular breed around the world. As with all popular breeds, Bernese Mountain Dogs are starting to be used to produce mixes with other breeds. A mixed breed is when parents of two different breeds are bred to each other to produce something completely new.
There may be varying opinions on whether mixing pure breeds is a good idea or not. Some speak of the “hybrid vigor” that can be produced when mixing two breeds. That means that a mixed breed litter will have superior health and reduced susceptibility to disease.
Others are excited about the many possibilities that arise when mixing dogs of different breeds. Intelligence of one mixed with powerful musculature of another. Gorgeous coat of one with stature and body shape of another. Some are more excited about possible resistance to certain genetic diseases that is sometimes possible with mixes. And yet some voice the opinion that with mixes, genetic and other health conditions “stack up” on top of each other, combine and accumulate, and significantly reduce the life quality of the resulting dog.
That factor, along with the fact that it can be very hard to predict the temperament, appearance and health status of a mixed breed, make some people very much against mixing breeds, especially people that love such a wonderful breed as Bernese Mountain Dog. Despite the differing opinions, I wanted to do a brief overview of Bernese Mountain Dog mixes here, so that you have more information of what mixes are out there and whether you may want to look into them or not.
One of the Bernese Mountain Dog mixes that I have already written about on this website is Bernese Mountain Dog – Golden Retriever Mix. This is probably one of the most popular Bernese Mountain Dog mixes out there – a perfect combination of Bernese mountain dog and a highly popular Golden Retriever. A Bernese Mountain Dog – Golden Retriever Mix is a medium-sized dog with short – to medium-length coat. They have an excellent temperament. This is a cheerful, happy, outgoing and loving dog, very well suited for being a family pet. It’s a great dog Bernese Mountain Dog mix for families with kids, including small kids. They are loyal, devoted and easily trained, which comes from the labrador genetics.
Since both Bernese Mountain Dog and Golden Retriever are working breeds, a Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever mix is a dog with high energy levels. They do need to have things to do. It can be lots of walks outside, hikes, any other activities that help your dog expand their energy. Mental challenges are also important. Since this mix is highly intelligent, they do need something stimulating to do, preferably on a daily basis. The best thing you as an owner could do is add some training into your daily routine with your pup. Training helps keep the dog motivated, excited and interested and adds a stimulating mental activity to their life.
One downside to Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix is that they do have some prey drive. This comes from their Golden Retriever genetics. Prey drive can express in the dog’s tendency to chase small animals such as squirrels, cats or smaller dogs. To prevent this tendency from developing, you will need to put extra attention to socializing your dog and helping them learn that smaller animals are not prey.
All in all, a Bernese Mountain Dog Golden Retriever Mix is a great Bernese Mountain Dog mix to look into if you are interested in adopting a mixed breed pup. You can’t go wrong with Golden Retrievers as part of your pup’s lineage, and Bernese Mountain Dogs are a wonderful and unique breed that you can learn more on this site.
Another Bernese Mountain Dog mix I talk about on this website is Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix, or Bernedoodle. This “designer” mix is becoming so popular it is almost becoming its own breed now. One of the reasons this breed has been developed is that poodles are considered to be a hypoallergenic breed. Lots of people who suffer from allergies to dogs are said to be able to tolerate living with poodles quite well. This is said to be due to special type of poodle coat that seems to cause less allergies to the susceptible people.
A Bernedoodle does often have the poodle type coat – soft and curly and almost non-shedding. Some people do find they can tolerate poodle mixes quite well, including Bernadoodles. However, that doesn’t automatically make Bernedoodle hypoallergenic. This is because some people are actually allergic to dog saliva and dander, not the coat itself. So, if you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog, a Bernadoodle may or may not be your answer.
Why else might you want to look into a Bernadoodle? This Bernese Mountain Dog mix may be for you if you are looking into a medium-sized dog that doesn’t shed as much as a Bernese Mountain Dog would, and is also not as large. Mainly, a Bernadoodle is for you if you are looking into owning an extremely intelligent, curious, outgoing and loyal dog that will be a wonderful family companion. This mix might be a bit more active and less docile than a Bernese Mountain Dog.
It will also needs lots of mental stimulation in the form of training. This is a great dog for a family to own and not a great dog if you don’t have much time for the pup. A Bernedoodle needs family time. They are an extremely sociable and outgoing dog. If you want a dog that will be part of the family in all senses of the word, a Bernedoodle is for you.
Another Bernese Mountain Dog mix that’s worth looking into is Bernese Mountain Dog German Shepherd mix. This is a fairly new mixed breed that just recently started to become popular. Both parent breeds – Bernese Mountain Dogs and German Shepherds – are extraordinary in terms of appearance and physique.
Both breeds are considered to be large dogs, and so is the mix of the two. If you are looking into owning a large dog with thick, beautiful coat, a Bernese Mountain Dog German Shepherd Mix may be for you. This is a visually stunning dog with excellent physique, well-developed musculature and the color scheme that is generally a combo of a Bernese Mountain Dog tri-color and the German Shepherd colors.
Of course, expressive looks is just part of the picture. The other part is that this Bernese Mountain Dog mix will have a strong personality and high intelligence. German Shepherds are some of the smartest dogs out there. Bernese Mountain Dogs are also very intelligent. The mix is a brilliant dog – curious, intelligent and willing to learn. Another aspect of the Bernese Mountain Dog – German Shepherd mix personality is that it is a dog that needs and wants to perform.
Both parent breeds are working dogs. Bernese Mountain Dog’s history is characterized by their use in the fields and on farms. German Shepherds have been used for police, rescue, guard and other types of work. The mix of these two breeds tends to be very well suited for various types of service as well. Even if you don’t employ your Bernese Mountain Dog German Shepherd mix into police service or as a guard dog, they still need plenty of physical and mental exercising.
This can be achieved by training and exercising your pup. Because this particular Bernese Mountain Dog mix is a large-sized and powerful dog, you need to make sure you have enough time to invest into training and proper socialization so that you end up raising a well-behaved dog that doesn’t end up being a hazard for you or others. German Shepherds can display aggression towards people, and this can predispose your German Shepherd mix to display some unwanted aggression as well, if you are not paying enough attention to socialization and training. So if you don’t have enough time to invest into that, this mix may not be the best dog for you.
This is another remarkable mix that has all the chances to become a star in the designer dog world. A Bernese Mountain Dog Border Collie Mix has a lot going on for it. Remarkable intelligence on both sides of its lineage is the first thing to consider. Bernese Mountain Dogs are very smart. Border Collies, as you may know, are one of the (if not the) smartest breeds in the world. A mix of these two is pretty high up there in terms of intelligence. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a smarter cookie in the jar.
Another thing to consider is that both Border Collies and Bernese Mountain Dogs have been used as working dogs for centuries. Both happen to have been “employed” in farming and cattle herding, as well as guarding, rescue work and other types of service. This, of course, is due to their high trainability and eagerness to work and to please. If you were looking for a breed that you will be able to teach lots of tricks or maybe qualify to be a service dog, this Bernese Mountain Dog mix is for you.
The downside, of course, is that you will have to come up with things for this brilliant pup to work on. This is not a dog to have if you are a not very active person who prefers spending time in front of the TV. A dog with an intelligence of Border Collie mixed with Bernese Mountain dog will not do well without stimulation – both physical and mental. Only commit to such a dog if you are ready to invest lots and lots of time into your dog.
Looks-wise, Bernese Mountain Dog Border Collie Mix is going to be a moderate-to-large-sized dog with thick coat that may be tri-colored like Bernese Mountain dog or bi-colored like Border Collie. Regardless of color, you would need to be prepared to do lots of brushing on a weekly if not daily basis. Both of the parent breeds have long, thick coat perfectly adapted for colder climates, which means lots of shedding!
A breed whose roots are geographically close to Bernese Mountain Dog’s roots is Saint Bernard. It is a large-sized dog that originated in the Swiss Alps as a rescue dog up in the mountains. Bernese Mountain Dogs were also bred in Switzerland except they were used as working dogs on the farms, particularly in cattle herding.
Saint Bernard mix makes for a large, powerful, well-muscled dog with great work ethic and a desire to please the owner, as well as high intelligence to learn exactly what is expected from the dog. The good sides: you can teach this dog to do anything. The downsides: you have to find things for it to do. If you don’t, they’ll get bored and destructive. Another downside: lots of fur to brush and vacuum out of the carpets.